The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory is Getting a PH Release this November

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The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory

Hey guys, Philippine-based website and anime community "ANIMEPH" had shared that 2019 Chinese anime movie "The King's Avatar: For the Glory" will be released in local cinemas in November. The announcement was made in a promotional video streaming at Cosplay Mania 2019 Event stating that the donghua (Chinese anime) movie will be released in the Philippines by the Singapore-based Odex Private Ltd. 

When is the release of The King's Avatar: For the Glory in the Philippines?

According to ANIMEPH, the movie will be release in SM Cinema on November 20, 2019.


The King's Avatar: For the Glory movie was first released in China on August 16, 2019 and was based on the prequel chapters of the popular Chinese web novel The King's Avatar which anime adaptation in 2017 had set a new wave of popularity to donghua (Chinese anime) industry. The movie is a great reminder for the anime fans since The King's Avatar anime season 2 is scheduled to air on the 3rd quarter of the year: The King's Avatar Anime Season 2 To Be Release on the Quarter 3 of 2020.

The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory Poster
The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory Poster

The prequel movie of The King's Avatar will revolve around the first season of Glory Professional Alliance where aspiring e-sports players give their best shot to win the title - to win the GLORY. In the movie, Ye Xiu who is the main character of The King's Avatar series will be shown in his younger years during his early days as a Glory and e-sports player.

You may also want to check some of the post that we had about The King's Avatar: For the Glory as follows:



The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory Fan Screening in Philippines
The King's Avatar Movie: For the Glory Fan Screening in Philippines

While the movie had been officially listed to be release on November 20, 2019 - ODEX Philippines will have a fan screening scheduled on November 16, 2019 on SM Megamall at 5:00 PM according to a post on their Facebook page as follows:



The King's Avatar also inspired a live-action series with the same title which stars Chinese actor Yang Yang. The live-drama series gained praise from anime and Chinese drama viewers as well as from the novel readers hinting a positive reception of the show. It runs from July 24, 2019 until August 31, 2019 with a total of 40 episodes which were released online (3 episodes per week).

The King's Avatar Live-Action
The King's Avatar Live-Action



The King's Avatar
The anime adaptation first aired in 2017, and a 2nd season of The King's Avatar is expected to be released this 2019 although, there's no official details or updates yet about it from its producer Tencent. However, fans are speculating that The King's Avatar season 2 will be released soon especially with Tencent always dropping the bomb with their releases as they previously announced the premiere of The King's Avatar (live-action) and Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 2 on the same day as its scheduled release. No one knows, but The King's Avatar season 2 might or may not follow this pattern but fans sure are excited to see the anime back as soon as possible.

For more info and latest updates about The King's Avatar season 2, you may check our post about it here: The King's Avatar Anime Season 2 Release Date & Trailer Unveiled.

The King's Avatar Synopsis

In the online game Glory, Xiu YE is regarded as a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reason, he is kicked out from the team. When Glory launches its tenth server, YE once again throws himself into the game. Back with the memories of his past and an unfulfilled dream, his return along the road to the summit begins!

Nonetheless, for fellow Filipino fans who are craving to see Ye Xiu, it's a great opportunity to have The King's Avatar: For the Glory release in Philippines and with this, I am also personally hoping that we'll have NeZha, and The Legend of Hei getting a PH release too.

Via: ANIMEPH

Sunday, 29 September 2019 0 comments

Anime games - the good and the bad

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So we’ve all played lots of anime styled games (at least I have). But they’re not the perfect medium, not at all. In fact, I don’t think there’s a perfect medium/type of game at all. There are pros and cons to all of them.

In this post, I, Kess from TechAnimate will be going over the pros and cons of anime styled games.
First of all, the cons…
It’s a grind
No, not this type of grind -_-
Now, this depends on the type of player you are. Some people love grinding, some people hate it, and some people are in-between.

I personally don’t like games that make me grind with a few exceptions like The Witcher 3. Anime styled games consistently make us grind.

For example, I remember deciding to get a PS Vita and heard from so many people online that Persona 4 Golden was by far the best game on the platform.


So what did I do?

I fell into the hype like we all do and jumped into the game. I was enjoying it early on and found that the story slowed down dramatically and I had to go into dungeons to grind. 

This was incredibly frustrating. Sure, there were moments where I enjoyed the grinding but for the most part, it was annoying.

If you’re like me, you like the story to go along at a steady pace. 

There’s a way to make the grinding fun and that’s by implementing mini-stories into the grind. 

Some games did this but I found that Japanese anime games didn’t adopt this way of grinding like western RPGs do. 

Another game I hated grinding in was Final Fantasy X HD remastered on the Vita. (Now, I’m probably going to get killed for saying that)
Constantly reading text and characters having no voice
How some anime games feel...

This is another con which depends on the type of player you are. Personally, I enjoy reading but I find after a while it gets frustrating constantly having to read blocks of text. 

Some games do it well and are made for this type of stuff like Danganronpa. In fact, the Danganronpa series kill it with the text and make it so enjoyable because of the story.

But if you’re playing an action game, the last thing you want is blocks of text interrupting you. Instead, you’d want an English voice over. Sometimes a Japanese voice over is OK if you’re like me. 

Many people feel that changing the voice from Japanese to English completely changes the way you view and feel about a character

So now that we’ve kinda crapped on Japanese games, let go ahead and check out the positives.
Positives...
A completely different change from the usual stuff
If you mostly play Western-styled games and change to a Japanese one, it’s like two totally different worlds. 

We all know that the Japanese have a very unique writing style. 

They don’t hold anything back, for better or for worse. If you’ve seen shows like Berserk, Code Geass, and No Game No Life, you know that the Japanese are very creative.

This writing creativity also show in their games like Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Valkyria Chronicles. I consider those some of the most fun games you could ever play.
Lore
Yes, this is a Japanese God from Japanese lore.
We’re all used to Western lore like Greek and Norse Gods. But Japan has its own lore like the Abumi-guchi, Namahage, and Aoandon.

If you’ve played games like Nioh, you know how they take their monsters to the next level. They’re just dark and dirty.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 0 comments

Haikyuu!! Season 4: To the Top – Release Date, Trailers & Posters

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Haikyuu!! Season 4: To the Top

Hey guys, one of the biggest sports anime of the decade is set to return on 2020 and it is no other than Haikyuu!! returning for its 4th season after successively delivering an amazing story that gave us so much fun time with volleyball. It’s really awesome to see Haikyuu!! back for its 4th season and this is a rare opportunity as it is very seldom for anime series to reach this far knowing that most of them usually run for only 1 or 2 seasons in general. Production I.G. is definitely treating Haikyuu!! Fans to a full course winter adventure as the anime are also slated to release a new original video animation (OVA) while Hakyuu!! Season 4 with the title TO THE TOPis scheduled for release on January 2020 as announced during the Jump Festa 2019 event. This was later confirmed to be release on January 10, 2020 as posted by Burnout Syndromes in their website as they will perform the anime's opening theme PHOENIX. 

In this post, we shall discuss the following topic about Haikyuu!!
  • Haikyuu!! Season 4 To The Top Synopsis
  • Haikyuu!! Season 4 Release Date
  • Haikyuu!! Season 4 Trailers
  • Haikyuu!! Season 4 Key Posters & Visuals
  • The Cast & Staff for Haikyuu!! Season 4
  • Haikyuu!! To The Top Theme Songs
  • Overview about Haikyuu!! in Different Media Adaptation


Alright, let’s start our discussion with the synopsis for Haikyuu!! Season 4 as this will give us a glimpse of what we should expect in the anime especially with Haikyuu!! season 4 story on winter 2020. The synopsis had been revealed from Haikyuu EN and it’s quite a long one as seen below.

Haikyuu!! Season 4 To The Top Synopsis

National Spring High School Volleyball Tournament, Miyagi Prefecture Preliminary Qualifiers: The Karasuno High School Volleyball Club advances to participate in the long-desired National Tournament after a fierce battle against Shiratorizawa Academy.While in preparation for the upcoming National Tournament, the news of Kageyama’s All-Japan Youth Training Camp invitation came to them. In addition, Tsukishima will also be invited to the Miyagi Prefecture First Year Selection Training Camp. However, Hinata who is flustered with the difference between the 1styears makes a sudden appearance at the Miyagi Prefecture First Year’s Training Camp?!Towards the National Tournament, Hinata, Kageyama, and Karasuno High School Volleyball Club will begin facing further challenges!!

With this kind of a long description, it seems that Haikyuu!! Season 4 will have plenty to cover especially that there’s still some training camp that they have to attend to, aside from preparing for the National Tournament. In fact, fans had been patiently yet excitingly waiting for this as the anime had reached a good stopping point for Shoyo Hinata’s story from the previous season of the anime.


Haikyuu!! Season 4 Anime
Haikyuu!! | image credit to wallpaperaccess.com

Haikyuu!! Season 4 Release Date

In regards to our question, Is there going to be a Haikyuu!! Season 4? – the answer is YES. However, another question that we shared with almost every fan of the anime is – When is the release date of Haikyuu!! Season 4? In was later revealed that Haikyuu! Season 4 release date is January 10, 2020 according to Burnout Syndromes and was later confirmed at the anime's Twitter page. However, Haikyuu!! Season 4 Episode 1 and earlier episodes will be available for purchase in advance during the Toho Animation booth at Jump Fest 2020 on December 21-22, 2019 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

Haikyuu!! Season 4 Trailers

The new promotional video for Haikyuu!! season 4 revealed that the anime will premiere on January 10, and will be divided into 2-cour. The first part will air on January as part of the winter 2020 anime lineup, while the 2nd-part will air on summer 2020.

Haikyuu!! To The Top Season 4 Promo Video



We also had been treated to a teaser video for its upcoming OVA titled Haikyuu!! Land vs. SkyAnother OVA titled The Volleyball Way will be released together with Land vs. Sky on Blu-ray/DVD on January 22, 2019.

Haikyuu!! Land vs. Sky OVA Teaser




New Teaser for Haikyuu!! OVA Land vs Sky



Haikyuu!! Season 4 Key Posters & Visuals

On September 22, 2019 – a new key visual for Haikyuu!! Season 4 had been released together with the new poster revealing that Haikyuu!! Season 4 title is TO THE TOP or officially as Haikyuu!! To The Top during the New Series Kickoff Event. The poster as shown below feature the Karasuno High School Volleyball Club.

Haikyuu!! Season 4: To the Top Poster


In June 2019 – the first key visual for Haikyuu!! Season 4 had been revealed in Weekly Shonen Jump as it received the lead cover for the new magazine issue for the commemoration of the manga reaching its 350th chapter.
Haikyuu!! Season 4 Announcement
Haikyuu!! Season 4 Announcement



The Cast & Staff for Haikyuu!! Season 4

Haikyuu!! Season 4: To the Top Character Designs
Haikyuu!! Season 4: To the Top Character Designs

The regular cast from the previous three (3) seasons of Haikyuu!! anime adaptations are returning for its 4th season as follows:
  • Ayumu Murase as Shoyo Hinata
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Tobio Kageyama
  • Satoshi Hino as Daichi Sawamura
  • Miyu Irino as Koushi Sugawara
  • Yuu Hayashi as Ryuunosuke Tanaka
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Asahi Azumane
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Yuu Nishinoya
  • Toshiki Masuda as Chikara Ennoshita
  • Nobuyori Sagara as Hisashi Kinoshita
  • Kazuhito Narita
  • Kouki Uchiyama as Kei Tsukishima
  • Souma Saitou as Tadashi Yamaguchi
  • Kaori Nazuka as Kiyoko Shimizu
  • Hiroshi Kamiya as Ittetsu Takeda
  • Hisao Egawa as Keishin Ukai
  • Sumire Morohoshi as Hitoka Yachi

Haikyu!! Season 4 will be animated by Production I.G. though the number of episodes this season wasn't confirmed yet. Meanwhile, the following are the confirmed staff for the upcoming anime:
  • Director: Masako Satou
  • Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
  • Music: Yuuki Hayashi
  • Original Creator: Haruichi Furudate
  • Music, Sound Director: Asami Tachibana
  • Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto
  • Character Design: Takahiro Kishida
  • Animation Director: Hideki Takahashi
  • Assistant Director: Mariko Ishikawa
  • Color Design: Noriko Arisawa

Haikyuu!! Season 4 To The Top Theme Songs & Artists

Burnout Syndromes is returning to perform the opening theme song PHOENIX for Haikyuu!! Season 4. The group previously performed the opening theme songs for the 2nd and 3rd season of the anime series. Meanwhile, CHICO with Honeyworks will be singing "Kessen Spirit" (Spirit of Decisive Battle), the anime's 4th season ending theme song.

Overview about Haikyuu!! in Different Media Adaptation

Haikyuu!! is a manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. The name of the manga is literally VOLLEYBALL if translated to English and it definitely staying true to its title as the series is a sports manga revolving the sports Volleyball.

Haikyuu!! Plot

Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of a star player, nicknamed the "Little Giant", after seeing his plays. However, his dreams are destroyed in his first official match, where his team suffers a crushing defeat against the junior championship favourite team, which includes the so-called "King of the Court" Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to follow in the footsteps of the "Little Giant" and enter Karasuno High School to defeat Kageyama, only for the two to wind up as unlikely teammates. By combining the genius-like qualities of Kageyama with Hinata's sheer athleticism, the duo create a brand-new volleyball tactic. Their new combo allows them to get over their differences and creates a strange alliance between the two filled with fun and laughter for them and their teammates. Thus begins the Karasuno boys' volleyball team's journey to the top.

The manga was first published as a one-shot project in Shueisha’s seasonal Jump NEXT! Magazine before it was serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump since February 2012. As of 2019, Haikyuu!! has over 28 million copies in print and a total of 39 volumes.

Anime Adaptation

The anime adaptation of Haikyuu!! was first premiered on April 6, 2014, at MBS and produced a total of 3 seasons prior to the announcement of the upcoming 4thseason. The first three (3) seasons of the anime had been directed by Susumu Mitsunaka while a new director – Masako Sato is helming the project for its 4thseason.

Taku Kishimoto had written the story since the anime premiered with Yuki Hayashi providing the music, and Production I.G. animating the whole anime franchise from season 1 until 4.

Anime Films

Haikyuu!! also get a series of compilation films amounting to a total of four (4) films so far as follows:
  • 1st  Movie: Haikyuu!! the Movie: Ending and Beginning – released on July 3, 2015
  • 2ndMovie: Haikyuu!! the Movie: Winners and Losers – released on September 18, 2015
  • 3rdMovie: Haikyuu!! Genius and Sense – released on September 15, 2017
  • 4thMove: Haikyuu!! Battle of Concepts – release on September 29, 2017

Radio Drama

A radio drama for the manga series had been broadcast on TV Tokyo’s Sakiyomi Jum-Bang! program in November 2012 with multiple voice actors providing samples for different characters in the story. Later on, it was distributed in December 2012 on Shueisha's Vomic website.

Stage Plays

Haikyuu!! also inspired a series of stage plays titled Hyper Projection Engeki: Haikyu!! which began running in 2015. The stage plays were directed by Worry Kinoshita and star Kenta Suga as Shoyo Hinata.

Video Games

We could definitely say that Haikyuu!! is a franchise for different media as it also gets a video game titled Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki which was released on September 25, 2014 in Nintendo 3DS in Japan. On March 3, 2016 –  Haikyu!! Cross Team Match as released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan.

Meanwhile, the manga’s main character Shoyo Hinata appears as supporting role in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS which had been released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.

Haikyuu!! anime

With all these adaptations in different media, Haikyuu!! definitely is among the biggest sports anime of the decade and one of the strongest points of the series is the fact that it is generally received with positive reception by the community.

Alright, so we have the posters and estimated release date for Haikyuu!! Season 4 now but we should definitely look forward to upcoming news and update about the anime is its official trailer. To get latest updates about Haikyuu!! season 4 and other upcoming anime series, I highly advice you to subscribe to our newsletter or follow Yu Alexius Anime Portal in our social media channels.

Which aspect of Haikyuu!! do you look forward the most to see next year? Are there any specific events from the manga that you’re excited to see to be animated in the season 4? Please let us know by leaving your comment below.

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Everything You Need to Know about Wings of the World (万国志) Anime

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Wings of the World (万国志) Anime

Hey guys, we have a new Chinese anime to look forward to this 2019 and it is no other than Wings of the World which I previously listed as one of the most anticipated donghua from summer lineup. Well, summer anime season is almost over but it’s not too late yet for Wings of the World as it is slated to air this September 23 – a week before the summer season officially end.

In this post, I will discuss everything that we need to know about Wings of the World and I believe it’s quite amazing to learn this fact before the anime’s premiere and this includes the following details:


Furthermore, I will also answer some of the frequently asked questions about the anime such as:


Aside from this, I shall discuss similar Chinese anime that we could compare with Wings of the World in order to give you guys some overview of the upcoming anime. Alright, so let’s start our discussion with Wings of the World which had been one of the 2019 Chinese anime that I’ve been so excited to see since the story had been set in my country – the Philippines.

OVERVIEW ABOUT THE CHINESE ANIME – WINGS OF THE WORLD

Wings of the World (万国志) Anime
In this section, I shall answer the following questions: What is Wings of the World all about, its story, world setting, and does it reflect some real events in world history? Wings of the World is set in the 17th century, specifically at 1633 where most of the major power (nations) at that time was in constant warfare in order to acquired land – that’s where Philippines enter in the story on which all countries in the world built Thousands-Nation City there as it was the place where the first communication and collision between the East and West took place. This cliché could be traced back to 17th century where Philippines had been occupied by the Spanish Empire in the real world history, though encounters and trades with the Chinese and even Indians in the Philippines took place earlier than this period.

We have here the synopsis for Wings of the World anime which tells a lot about what we should expect from its story.
1663 Common Era, the youngest leader of the Ming dynasty's navy Lu Changfeng is to escort an official to capture criminals but was attacked by a ghost fleet and sea beasts, causing the entire envoy to be sunk. Lu Changfeng was saved by a mysterious girl from the ocean bottom and followed her to the international center of commerce of the Age of Sail: Luzon. At the time, over 70% of the Ming dynasty's silver was obtained from Luzon, and this tiny island determined the fate of several nations. Spanish settlers cruelly ruled, and people of all walks of life, under the guidance of Song Yingxing, constructed the international finance center: the Kingdom of Wan. Despite disagreements with Song Yingxing, Lu Changfeng still chose to join Song's team: 天工, participating in the struggle against Spanish settlers with others. Both factions used bleeding-edge technological inventions in their battle. To resist the enemy genius Vesalius‘s weapon, Song Yingxing manipulates Lu Changfeng, bringing out his days fighting Vesalius in Korea, etc.

Based on the synopsis, we shall see a major conflict between the Chinese (Ming Dynasty) and the Spanish Empire here, though other countries especially those from Europe will also intervene bringing an all-out clash between the East and the West using various advanced weapons of wars. I believed this could their version of a World War and based on the available trailers and promotional videos for Wings of the World, the fight scenes definitely looks amazing and lit.

WINGS OF THE WORD PRODUCTION AND CONCEPT

The concept of Wings of the World anime story is something that we could see from different works of literature – warfare and a battle for survival and bringing honor to one’s nation. This kind of cliché had existed for so long in the world history and I badly want to see what kind of twist will we have in this story of Wings of the World which is an original science-fiction anime project from animation studio 灵樨文化. The anime which is also known as Wan Guozhi is technically a combination of science fiction and historical shenanigans such on which we could see the fusion of West and East just like the Western Knights elements, the firearms of medieval period, and a flying warship. Wings of the World simply offer a fresh take on this overused cliché and I am not complaining at all at it really looks good together based on the trailers.

The science-fiction anime on which many historical nuts out there will surely enjoy is a project under the production of Bilibili and 灵樨文化. Wings of the World anime will run for a total of 20 episodes with the length of 12-minute per episode which somehow I think might be short.

WINGS OF THE WORLD ANIME TRAILER & PVs

There had been several videos about Wings of the World that has been released and I must say that they all look promising and making me further excited for the anime. The first trailer of Wings of the World anime had been revealed last March as shown below.



A promotional video for the anime had been released 2 months ago as seen below which gives us a further look at what to expect in the anime.



The most recent promo video of Wings of the World anime had been unveiled a few days ago featuring almost the same scenes from the previous trailer but also added new scenes and characters to watch out for.




WINGS OF THE WORLD ANIME POSTERS & ARTS

Several posters and artworks for Wings of the World had been released so far and they all look dazzling and fascinating. We have here some selected posters of Wings of the World anime below and this actually is making me truly excited for the anime even more.












WHEN IS THE RELEASE OF WINGS OF THE WORLD ANIME?

Based on the newly released video for the anime, Wings of the World release date is on September 23, 2019. Well, few more days from now upon writing this post and I believed that it may take some time before it’ll be available outside of China but I do hope that some subbing groups will pick it up soon, so we could enjoy this Chinese anime in English-sub.

WHERE TO WATCH WINGS OF THE WORLD ANIME?

I think this is one of the questions that truly matter here. As of now, Wings of the Worldanime could be watched in Bilibili upon its release on September 23 but this is in Chinese dubbed. I’ll share a link towards the streaming page of the anime in this section of the post once its available at Bilibili.




For non-Chinese speaking viewers (just like me), we still have to wait for a subgroup to translate the anime into English and share it online. As of now, among my most trusted and favorite subbing groups of Chinese anime shows were Guodong Subs, Kingsman Subs, Kurina Official, Mizure, and Moon Cakes. Among them, I think Kingsman and Moon Cakes will have a higher possibility of adding Wings of the World on its list of works. Kurina had been uploading both raw and English-subbed videos of Chinese anime recently, so they might also have Wings of the World soon in their archives, which is why I am also recommending them as one of the online space to watch Wings of the World anime soon.



Aside from the Ming Dynasty, and Spanish Empire, I have also read from other Chinese sites that the Dutch East India Company and Japan will also join in the war in this anime which really makes me excited to see Wings of the World. After all, I am among those history buffs out there and this kind of set up will definitely entice our neurons to look forward to the anime. Let us know about your thoughts on Wings of the World, and which part of it makes you excited the most?

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 0 comments

Interested In A Career In Manga? How to Start

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Interested In A Career In Manga? How to Start
From action-packed films to posters; from books to novels, manga has become a force to contend with, with print sensations like Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan surpassing 50 million copies worldwide. There is something particularly attractive about this art form, known for strong visuals and storylines, and a style of drawing that is so descriptive, you can enjoy it regardless of whether or not you speak the language its written in. If you are a budding artist and you think you’d like to break into the manga illustration industry, read on to discover just a few tips that may be useful.

Honing Your Technique

There are many aspects that make manga art unique - apart from the fact that readers start on the right-hand side of the page and make their way to the left. Manga characters show emotions intensely, facial proportions are different, and fashion is a key element of getting a character right. If you're studying art at university or college, then you may have had the opportunity to enrol in a specialized manga course. However, if you're working or studying another field full-time and you would like to train part-time in manga drawing, there are many online schools that will teach you the fundamentals, including core skills, Japanese anime, popular poses and software such as DesignDoll, which will enable you to recreate various key poses. Just a couple of sites you might look into to find out what fits your level and aims the best are Manga Art School and Beginner Moho Pro/Anime Studio 2D Illustration-Animation.

When Accessibility Is A Priority

If you have a disability and are completing a course online, then a website with disability-friendly features will help remove obstacles. Depending on your disability, different features will be necessary. For instance, those who have hearing impairments benefit from sites offering video content with subtitles, while people with sight-related disabilities benefit from optimal audio, as well as large fonts and user-friendly web pages. The good news about most online courses is that you can go at your own pace, adjusting volume and brightness as required. When selecting a course, you will need to liaise with your schools of choice to see if they can facilitate information in a way you find useful. For instance, if schools can provide you with audio instructions in MP3, you can use digital dictation software like Uniconverter, Bear File Converter or 360Converter to transcribe it into text.

Immersing Yourself In Manga Culture

What makes manga unique is not only the drawings, but also the cultural and historical contexts they operate in. Art is an open book, and you can always create a story with characters and scenes that surround you, but if you want to remain faithful to the manga ethos, then you need to discover it by immersing yourself in classic works. There are notable character differences that should be taken into account. For instance, American superheroes tend to retain the same amount of strength throughout their existence. Manga heroes, on the other hand, often grow in strength as time goes on. Japanese manga characters also tend to have a shorter life than American ones do, with series following a natural progression so as to avoid stagnation.

Whether you're a devoted manga fan or an artist who wishes to specialize in the field, the best place to start is by buying classic, record-selling works like One Piece, Golgo and Dragon Ball. Observe the look of the characters but also their storylines, their speech, and the progression of the narrative. Consider online classes as a way to sharpen your technique, making it a point to learn more about Japanese culture and its most iconic works of literature.


Story submitted by freelance writer, Jane Benson
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 0 comments

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series – My Final Review

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The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series – My Final Review

Hey guys, as promised I am back to write my final impression review about the live-action adaptation of The King’s Avatar starring Chinese superstar Yang Yang as Ye Xiu – the Textbook of Glory. I have to say this no matter what, but the entire 40-episode experience of the live-drama had been a fun ride, a dramatic journey, and an inspiring story. As a reader of The King’s Avatar novel, and a fan of its anime adaptation – I am quite critical about this adaptation before it started. However, the live-action really owned it after just a few episodes after it premiered on July 24, 2019 and eventually turned into an astounding e-sports drama independent from the glory of its counterpart from different media such the novel, the manhua, and the donghua.

A short summary of my review for The King’s Avatar live-action series are as follows:
  • OVERVIEW
  • CHARACTERS & CASTING
  • VISUALS & CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • GENERAL PRODUCTION
  • MUSIC & SOUNDTRACK
  • IMPACT & LEGACY

Alright, so let’s proceed directly since I have so many things to say about it and I felt like I contained it and may forget some of it.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series

OVERVIEW

The King’s Avatar live-action series had seriously break boundaries and it never fails to surprise the viewers both the novel readers, anime watchers, and new viewers.  Yes, they made some revision and I couldn’t complain about it because I felt like they’ve done well in executing some changes. In fact, I am screaming for a sequel right after the 40thepisode finished. Yes, we could actually get a season 2 of The King’s Avatar live-action since they only covered Team Happy’s championship in the Challengers League on which we still have plenty of materials left for adaptation if we will take a look at the original The King’s Avatar novel. On my end, I am actually wishing for it since I want to see Team Happy compete in the actual Glory Professional League fighting against other teams such as Team Tyranny, Blue Rain, Tiny Herb, Samsara, and more.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Trailer


The show finished pretty quick and I think it’s the advantage of releasing it as a web-series on which fans like me were pretty satisfied since 6 episodes were released every week which is really amazing. As the first Chinese series to be released globally at WeTV app, and with how the production team give us an epic show of the in-game world of Glory and the different flavors of our favorite characters from the novel, I could say that The King’s Avatar live-action series had been a successful one cementing itself as a great adaptation of the novel.

CHARACTERS AND ACTING

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series
In general, I believed that the show gives us an exemplary set of characters that were vital to the story’s plot. Though, they had cut some characters and combined some in one portrayal such as Chen Yehui and Liu Hao, Wei Chen and Sun Zheping – I am really fascinated by how they did this cleverly and flawlessly.

The acting skills of the cast members for The King’s Avatar live-action were truly convincing and I am really glad that they gave a fresh and new flavor to the portrayal of their respective characters. I ended up liking some of the characters that I used to hate from the novel because of the actors' personification of them. Furthermore, I really love the emotional touch that they gave to the characters and giving them life with such a positive ambiance as opposed to a more serious mood that I imagined them when reading the novel and even watching The King’s Avatar anime adaptation which premiered last 2017.

Now, I’ll gonna discuss which actors really did a pretty good job with their characters in the breakdown that I did below on which I have divided them into three groups:

GROUP 1: GREAT CHARACTER PORTRAYAL THAT I TRULY ENJOY

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series Cast

Yang Yang as Ye Xiu/Ye Qiu – I have to say this but I used to think that Yang Yang is just all pretty face but I have finally realized that he is such a versatile actor with so much potential behind his handsome looks. He really did a good job portraying the main hero in our story with a light-hearted approach giving us a Ye Xiu with different facets – funny, fragile, overwhelming, serious, playful, and so many more which goes beyond what we could imagine from the novel.

Lai Yumeng as Su Mucheng – my favorite girl really did a good job here in the live-action. Lai Yumeng really gives Su Mucheng a cute and adorable portrayal of the fierceness and strong will. She really shows so much feminine power, simply proving that she’s a flower that stands among the thorns and she could prick anyone who dared to mess up with Ye Xiu. So far, I truly enjoyed the way Su Mucheng interacts with Sun Xiang here in the live-action.

Fan Jinwei as Qiao Yifan – if there’s anyone in the series that gave us a satisfying dramatic scene other than Yang Yang, and then I’ll give that recognition to Fan Jinwei. He really nailed his portrayal as one of our cinnamon rolls in the series. Though, I have to admit that his Qiao Yifan here in the live-action is quite lame compared to the novel but he really melted our hearts with those melodramatic scenes.

Yu Yonghai as Huang Shaotian – The best portrayal for me right after Yang Yang’s Ye Xiu, the Huang Shaotian in The King’s Avatar live-action is so adorable and funny to watch. I even liked this Huang Shaotian compared to the one in the novel and with so much positive ambiance that he exudes every time he is on the screen, Yu Yonghai truly did a magnificent job.

Gao Hanyu as Yu Wenzhou – I am quite critical with this portrayal especially that Yu Wenzhou is one of my personal favorite characters from the novel but Gao Hanyu didn’t disappoint and gave us a different flavor of the Blue Rain’s team captain. In fact, he showed us a more lenient and positive Yu Wenzhou but still with so much calm and good manners which the character is known for.

Sun Ning as Luo Ji – adorable, yes but with a very serious tone, that’s how I could describe our genius Luo Ji in The King’s Avatar live-action series. I am really happy that he did play a more vital role in the show on which he is acting like a tactician or the main researcher of Team Xing Xin. In the novel, we all know his genius-level intelligent but it wasn’t really shown that much, so having a unique and strong portrayal of Luo Ji’s character in the show is truly amazing and Sun Ning did a great job there.

Liang Yimu as Sun Xiang – I used to hate the character in the novel and I have to admit that it’s just his childish and immature boastful behavior that caused it. However, it really feels good that Liang Yimu used that pretty face of him and adorable aura to make a light-hearted approach in the portrayal of one of the series’ antagonists. In fact, Sun Xiang is too far from being a villain and Liang Yimu indeed gives us not a villain but an adorable character who could do wrongs but also correct his way and accept defeat which is a major character development that reflects the novel.

Leng Jiyuan as Xiao Shiqin – I love the character of Xiao Shiqin in the novel and I love him even more now that I had seen him in the live-action. Intelligent and positive, he’s just too pure of a great leader to exist and really a good-natured one too.

Li Junchen as An Wenyi – Here we have my favorite The King’s Avatar character from the novel, An Wenyi had always been my topped cinnamon roll and the guy that I wish I have some of his mental fortitudes, to begin with. I love the character confidence ever since in the novel and I am glad that we still have it here in the live-action and what’s more is that An Wenyi here really has that aptitude that really suited to be among the thinking heads in the team. I’ve always believed that he is among the most brilliant, confident, calm, and logical characters in the novel and I am glad that I have seen some of this feature in the live-action.

Di Zilu as Qiu Fei  - I am quite caught off guard with the portrayal of Qiu Fei in the live-action as it is really different from my expectation from the novel. Nevertheless, Qiu Fei, I think have the most handsome actor after Ye Xiu in the live-action of The King’s Avatar and I am pretty satisfied with that. On a more positive side, I am glad that he played an antagonistic character against Sun Xiang here which I think is both cute and funny, to begin with. Imagine that Su Mucheng, Xiao Shiqin, and Qiu Fei seems to work together to irritate Sun Xiang and eventually turn him into an adorable character in the show.

GROUP 2: CONSISTENT PORTRAYAL

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series Cast

Jiang Shuying as Chen Gou – As much as I love the Chen Gou in the live-action compared to the novel, I think some revision in the character’s aura isn’t simply working. Nonetheless, our Chen Gou this time is more of a good sister to be with and I am really fascinated with such positivity and Jiang Shuying exudes in her character. Though, Chen Gou is quite soft in this portrayal and more like a cinnamon roll which I personally liked.

Li Yuhao as Tang Rou – In the novel, Tang Rou is undoubtedly one of my favorites and with so much strength in her personality, she’s a woman with so much feminism that I truly admire. Li Yuhao’s Tang Rou is quite low-key here and more like an ordinary character behind Ye Xiu. I felt like Qiao Yifan overpowered her existence here in the live-action but nonetheless, the portrayal is pretty good and on the safe side.

Liu Qiushi as Xu Boyuan – my Blue River is here and I felt like I am not expecting this kind of portrayal but I have to admit that Liu Qiushi did a fun character personification to my first ever cinnamon roll from the novel. I just can’t accept sometimes though that he ended up like a clumsy and unreliable character in the series though I have to admit that I did ship him with Ye Xiu here, well, even in the novel they are among my favorite ships to begin with.

Gu YuFeng as Wang Jiexi – I actually loved the WJX in the novel more but what we have here in the live-action is a pretty decent one with so much positivity brimming around him. Gu Yufeng definitely did a good job portraying the alliance best team captain.

Gu Youming as Han Wenqing – Personally, I felt bad that we had only seen Han Wenqing on few occasions in the story but that’s reasonable since he had been constantly mentioned in the novel but does not really appear in most of the scenes. When it comes to portrayal, Gu Youming’s Han Wenqing is quite soft-hearted here and doesn’t exude the tsundere aura that I am looking for. Hence, I felt like it’s lacking but if we won’t really dig deeper, I am quite satisfied with how this portrayal of Han Wenqing went on. My favorite part is definitely, the one in the ALL-STAR competition.

Lai Yi as Bao Rongxing – Always unpredictable but fun to watch with, that is the signature feeling that I always get when having Bao Rongxing on my screen. Lai Yi did a decent job of portraying him here and giving our Steamed Bun with so much personality.

Song Hanyu as Wu Chen – I am not happy with some revisions on the character of Wu Chen but I have to say this that the actor really did a good job of portraying the former captain of Everlasting.

GROUP 3: SATISFYING CHARACTER PORTRAYAL BUT COULD BE IMPROVE

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series Cast

Yang Tingdong as Mo Fan – I loved our Deception player from the novel and he is among my cinnamon rolls too. I felt like the character in the live-action is missing something or maybe too quite but showing that kind of emotion that I am not expecting to see from Mo Fan based on my own expectation of the character from the novel. The acting is average and I think it could be improved tremendously. Maybe, I am really looking for that mysterious anti-social ambiance that Mo Fan had in the novel.

Bai Xiang as Wei Chen – I am sorry but I am not quite convinced by the actor behind this Wei Chen character. Or maybe, I just did have a different expectation of the character from the novel. Maybe, it is the lack of delving deeper into his back story here in the live-action but I think it’s not really that bad.


VISUALS AND CINEMATOGRAPHY

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series
I have to say this once and for all; The King’s Avatar live-action series had set a new standard for a live-action adaptation and is breaking boundaries on what we had previously seen from any other shows.

The visuals and the entire scenery of the series are truly amazing. From its beautiful cast which perfectly suits most of the characters assigned to them, into the dramatic and amazing storytelling which makes is quite independent of its source material, and the pacing of the story is actually fast but was done efficiently. Yes, there are tons of deleted scenes from the original source material but what really matters are the important emotional aspect of the story which was perfectly shown and even intensify in the live-action. Visually, the series removed some descriptive fight scenes but gave us satisfying actions and adventure of our favorite characters inside the game and in the professional arena.

I was really impressed with every camera angle in the series. It really captured the story perfectly which makes me like seeing some of the most important parts of the story in novel the way I imagined it while reading it.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Su Mucheng

Though I have to admit that among the weaknesses of the live-action are those some crappy hand movements of the mouse and inadequate/inappropriate keyboard hitting which making us all think that the characters aren’t actually playing but simply acting. This has been the criticism that the series received when they released the first official trailer for The King’s Avatar live-action last 2018. Nonetheless, they had fixed some of it in the actual show but still, some scenes captured it.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series - Lord Grim
Ye Xiu's Avatar - Lord Grim

Another issue I think is the shaky scenes when we are in Glory’s in-game world or in the professional arena. It really lacks the creativity that the anime had given to us but reflects a more realistic presentation of the in-game world which we could usually see in real-life MMORPG games. Though, fans including myself had simply wish if they could make the in-game characters a little bit customized so it is easy to distinguish them and also give more radiant and colorful visuals to the viewers. As the in-game characters in The King’s Avatar live-action series were quite bare and almost have the same appearances.

I am giving thumbs up though for the 3D aspect of the in-game world, especially the fact that they used 3DCG on the characters based on the actual cast of the shows too.

GENERAL PRODUCTION

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Series
I have previously said this but the setting of The King’s Avatar live-action show is so advanced and modern. Yes, I felt like even the real-world setting of the series is captured inside a computer with a super-advanced robot doing all the work.

Imagine the Xing Xin internet café; I wouldn’t dare to call it an internet café. It’s huge, with beautiful interior design – I felt like it is some kind of a headquarters for some anti-alien invading forces. What’s even more amazing is that everything in it is so damn clean, spacious, and modern which is really far from what I imagined in the novel, or maybe my imagination simply sucks. Nonetheless, even the other areas in the show including the headquarters of the professional teams such as Excellent Era, Tiny Herb, Blue Rain, and Tyranny is really looking great.

The stage of the professional alliance is also amazing, though it is still quite hard to believe that e-sports could be so popular which people could fill the whole arena, isn’t it? But that is the reality inside the story of The King’s Avatar and I am perfectly satisfied with it. Though I felt like they may have got some ideas about it from the ALL-STAR COMPETITION which was shown in The King’s Avatar (2018) OVA.

The structure of the alliance though had been quite simple though and it seems that most of the captains from the different teams have a huge say in the decision-making.

In the novel, professional Glory players were big-time celebrities and it’s quite hard for them to outside as they’ll definitely attract the attention of the public and fans. However, this is the big difference in the live-action which I think makes the series a little bit more realistic and acceptable. Glory players could go outside in the public normally without hiding their faces (except for Huang Shaotian I may say). We all know that even in the novel and anime, Su Mucheng had to go commando in order to visit Ye Xiu in Happy Internet Café as people might recognize her if she simply visits him without hiding her identity and a commotion will surely take place. This really makes me remember that time when Tao Xuan, Sun Xiang, and Xiao Shiqin visited Ye Xiu in Happy Internet Café, and all thanks to Yifan their undercover had been blown off. So, in the live-action, they could go to the public without attracting people’s attention, they could even blend in with the crowd while watching a match. Remember when Su Mucheng, Xiao Shiqin, and even Sun Xiang watched Happy’s final match before their face-off. Furthermore, in the finale of the live-action series, we did have Han Wenqing, Zhang Xinjie, and even Wang Jiexi randomly sitting among the crowd to watch the match.

MUSIC AND SOUNDTRACK

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Theme Song - One of the most redeeming factors of the live-action and strength is its music which really gives life, and so much emotion and power to its story. So far, the four (4) officially released soundtracks of the series were really catchy and emotional, and what’s even more amazing is that those songs were played in the most appropriate moments which make the entire experience of watching The King’s Avatar a heartfelt and exciting moment.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action Glory Battlefield by R1SE
R1SE - they sang the series ED Glory Battlefield
The opening them of the song is titled Light from the Ashes by CaiWeize. It definitely set the mood on watching the whole series and the e-sports experience. What’s even more amazing about it is when played if Ye Xiu and Team Xing Xin were about to do something epic both in the in-game world of Glory or in the professional scene. I have to say this but sometimes, just hearing Light from the Ashes at the most crucial point in the series gave me shivers and goosebumps.

Next, we have Standing on the Peak by Mao Buyi. It is kind of melodramatic but inspiring song and was played in some of the most dramatic scenes in the series. This is the song that made me cry big time during some of the flashback scenes in the series involving Ye Xiu, his father, and even Su Muqiu. This just really sets the mood for a heartfelt experience and to be honest, that scene in the 30thepisode where Ye Xiu returns to his home and meets his father just breaks my heart big time. And with this song playing in the background, it even made the entire experience melancholic and heartbreaking, giving emphasis on Yang Yang’s heartfelt acting in that scene.

A cute and another heartfelt song in the series is The Best of You by DuanAojuan. Su Mucheng and Chen Gou are usually the characters that come into my mind immediately when hearing this song. The song seriously thrives in its simplicity and sentimentality partnered with piano playing in the background. In some of the most crucial and sentimental scenes in the series, I can’t avoid but think that it’s actually Su Mucheng singing this song only for Ye Xiu and it’s really romantic (though no confirmed romantic affairs had been shown between the two characters even in the anime and novel). Though, I have to admit that the live-action really gives us a satisfying portrayal of almost every character from the novel.

The fourth (4th) song is my personal favorite or maybe it’s just my insane neurons were saying. It’s titled Glory Battlefield by R1SE and somehow, I felt like it could be the very own theme song too of Yu Alexius Anime Portal team (j.k. but possibly). What’s amazing about it is the feeling it exudes when a group of people was working together to reach their goal and I felt like it could really apply to any group of people who really wish to reach their own peak of glory. This song is simply dedicated to Team Xing Xin and to almost every team in the Glory professional alliance. It’s motivating, catchy, and provoking – simply enough for me to like it and it’s even the first song of the series that I heard when its promotional video had been released few days before the actual release of The King’s Avatar.

IMPACT & LEGACY

I have said this before but The King’s Avatar simply sets the boundary even higher for any live-action series. I am really fascinated with how much effort, investment, and creativity were exerted on this project because this is a quality show that I hope every Asian drama series could have.

The King’s Avatar Live-Action


Unlike with historical live-action adaptation of any anime or novel in China, The King’s Avatar is set in modern-day which makes it more relatable and enticing to the eyes. In fact, it really gives a breath of fresh air for anime-based live-action series. Though the in-game aspect of the series still has some flaws and definitely could’ve been improved, it’s already satisfying.

At some point, before the series premiered, some people are saying that The King’s Avatar live-action cast was only all pretty face but it has been proven wrong since the actors could definitely act and give a really interesting and fresh portrayal of the characters. They exerted every single effort to own the character and even surpassed some of our expectations and imagination about the characters which I felt like most of today’s live-action series usually failed at.

No matter what happened, I strongly believed that The King’s Avatar will be one of the most well-received live-action series from an anime or novel. Any upcoming live-action series could definitely learn from it and also strive to surpass its impact on the community of viewers, not just the anime viewing community, but also the novel readers and the drama watchers.

Alright, let me wrapped up this post with a short and obvious question. Will there be a season 2 of The King’s Avatar live-action drama? That is the question that I believed most of us were asking especially with how it concluded at its 40th episode. Though it was actually a great finale, novel readers know that it’s just the start of a battle for the higher glory. There are still enough materials from the novel that could be adapted into the 2nd season but it’s quite hard to expect knowing how great and conclusive the finale had been. Nonetheless, I am also hoping that The King’s Avatar live-action series season 2 will be realized in the near future and obviously, we need to meet the other teams in the alliance especially Team Samsara, Team Misty Rain, Team Hundred Blossoms, and Team 301 which were among my favorites too.

Let me ask you guys, which part of the series did you enjoy the most? Who are your favorite characters and portrayal in the series? What are your favorite songs of the show and would you like for the series to have a season 2? I am excited to learn about your thoughts too on the series and I’ll be more than happy if you can write it down in the comment section below.

So, what’s a live-action show next shall we watch after this? If you hadn’t seen The Untamed yet, I highly advised that you check it as it is based on Mo Dao Zu Shi (The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation) which was our best Chinese anime of 2018. Sparkley Key’s Soul Land (Douluo Dalu) is also getting a live-action called Douluo Continent starring The Untamed lead star Xiao Zhan, so I think Douluo Continent shall be my next live-action craze soon.

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